Stand To Your Feet

Stand To Your Feet

The children of Israel were in captivity for 7 years under the Midianites. The number 7 reminds us of the 7 church ages, the seven seals and seven spirits of God. When Israel backslid on God, they were sent into captivity. This is God’s principle that when one disobeys, they begin to backslide and the next thing is the visitation of trials which are simply a way used by God to bring back the believer to their original position. The seven years of Midianite captivity is a perfect type of what has happened in the 7 church ages of gentile church history. Most importantly, a prophet is sent to the children of Israel while under the captivity exactly in the 7th year of bondage. This prophet reminds us of how God has sent the Prophet of the Age, Malachi 4: 5, who has come with restoration ministry. Without the Prophet, we would not be able to find our position in the Word. For the Bible is like a jungle, it is like a huge forest which requires the services of a guide for one to find their way out of it. The Prophet is the guide. But as in Israel under the captivity of the Midianites, when the prophet was sent to them, they refused and rejected his message. No wonder in our age also we find the Lord Jesus Christ standing at the door, knocking in an attempt to enter into the church. The point is that the prophet has been rejected, his message has been denied and so we see Christ standing on the outside knocking at the door in the Laodicean church age. The bondage which comes to God’s people under the Midianites is that they plant but fail to harvest what they have worked for. They are in misery. It is at this time that angel visits Gideon and addresses him as a man of valour. That is how God sees us. God does not look at our circumstances. He only looks at the promise. We might have lied, committed fornication and adultery and other evil deeds but God allowed these things to happen. After all, God is the one who created the devil. God designed and fashioned the devil in order to express His Attributes. So the devil had to fall in order for God to be expressed through His children. In fact, even when we did not know God, we were never lost, for God does not lose His own. When God’s seed is in us, it remains there for ever. It may be dormant for a while, but that seed contains everything about the tree. It has the roots, the bark, the flowers, the fruit, the branches and leaves. What is only needed is the quickening power to come upon the seed. That is how God came to Gideon to quicken him to the reality of the promises of God. The Prophet was sent to the Bride to quicken her as well. When we watch Gideon’s encounter with the angel, we see how God works with human beings. God is patient with us. In the first place, we see Gideon doubting that he is a man of valour. The angel has to wait for his excuses. Then he asks for a sign, and the angel is still long suffering. Then Gideon requests to offer a sacrifice while the angel is still waiting. Consider how long it took Gideon to go and catch a goat, which naturally has to be chased around before being caught. Then he had to kill the goat, skin it, dress it, cook and present a meal to the angel. All the time the angel was patiently waiting. Then the sacrifice is taken up, and Gideon realizes that he is dealing with God. Then we see him throwing a fleece as sign and still God is just patient. The same patience that the angel expressed with Gideon is seen in how the father waited for the prodigal son to return. The father knew that the son would come back one day. The angel who visits Gideon talks face to face with him. It shows intimacy, like how a husband would talk to his wife. It shows an affair of love is taking place. In that communion between the angel and Gideon, we see how the Word removes amnesia from Gideon. For the angel brings the Word with the purpose of reminding Gideon his true position in the eyes of God. Gideon starts off with unbelief, and ends up as a believer. It is like God building, starting from the feet and going up with His Masterpiece. The communion of the angel with Gideon releases an anointing upon Gideon. In the end, when he has become a believer in the Word, he is able to blow a trumpet. A conversion has taken place. Then we see Gideon’s ministry go through its three pulls right away. In the first place, when the trumpet is blow, a huge multitude of 32, 000 people gather around Gideon. When the Lord sees the huge crowd, he asks for separation. Then Gideon tells those who are faint-hearted to return, and we see 22.000 people leaving him. Still, the number is too big for God to operate effectively. Now at the third pull, the separation is going to be done by God Himself. God asks Gideon to take the people to the water. There is a water test taking place. Without any explanation of how the water has to be drunk, all the people come to the river. The total of those who came was 10,000. The majority of the people, about 9,700 bow down into the water and drink with their faces down. Only a tiny majority lap the water like a dog, while standing in watchful posture. God elects the 300 minority, for they were alert and vigilant, as should be warriors in battle. The multitude who bowed down shows an idolatrous nature of bowing down to idols and worshipping strange gods. God did not want to deal with such. Even Gideon did not know God’s selection criterion at the water test. This is the third pull, where nothing is said aloud. We do not know how the 300 caught the mind of God in order for them to lap the water like a dog. All we know is that it took revelation, and that is how God deals with his children. The same way that Rebekah caught the mind of Eliezer at the well is the same way that the 300 caught the vision that they must lap the water like a dog. We need revelation in our lives. Naboth had true revelation of what the inheritance of his fathers meant to him. Even when King Ahab wanted his vineyard, Naboth refused to sell it to the king. He had to die for his inheritance. We see how King Ahab reflects Cain, who wanted to give unto God the fruits of the land. A vineyard is used to grow grapes, and grapes speak of stimulation of revelation. Ahab wanted to buy Naboth’s vineyard, which is a type of how the nominal Christian wants to buy revelation of the true believer. But true revelation is not sold. That is why we have a backbone as true believers instead of the wishbone of jellyfish believers who are tossed about by every wind of doctrine like 8th messenger teachings. With true revelation in us, we are not jellyfish which dwells in shallow waters. We dwell in the deep waters where crabs do not come. Jellyfish are eaten by crabs but true believers do not play in the shallow waters where spiritual crabs operate. We have to abide in the deep waters of the Word where we take all the rights that the Lord Jesus Christ died for on the cross of Calvary.

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